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Pink Lake Wingsuiting

In Febuary 2014 I teamed up with the Red Bull Australia crew & my long time skydive cameraman & buddy Sol Vallis to travel to Esperance, Western Australia in preparation to skydive above one of the natural wonders of the world.

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Wingsuiting over the Pink Lake (Lake Hillier)
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Happy Valentines Day 2014 from Middle Island at 200 kph
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Wingsuiting high above the Southern Ocean
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Landing on the glorious white sandy beach of Middle Island

Paratenting at the New Zealand International Airshow 2013

The NZ International Airshow organiser asked me to come up with a stunt for the show. What could be more fun than doing a static line jump with the Red Bull Wigwam event tent, from a helicopter?
By wearing two harnesses, I could jump the tent, fly it for 30 seconds, release it, fall away & still have my full skydive rig to land with my normal, square parachute.

What fun to get in the heli, climb away to 2000' overhead where I throw a drifter (a roll of newspaper with a 10' tail of crepe paper) to assess wind drift. Important when jumping a tent.

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Paratenting under the Red Bull Wigwam
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Static line jump from the helicopter
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A beaautiful deployment
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Cutting away the Wigwam...& holding one riser
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What a fun way to entertain the crowd
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Paratenting at the New Zealand International Airshow 2013

The NZ International Airshow organiser asked me to come up with a stunt for the show. What could be more fun than doing a static line jump with the Red Bull Wigwam event tent, from a helicopter?
By wearing two harnesses, I could jump the tent, fly it for 30 seconds, release it, fall away & still have my full skydive rig to land with my normal, square parachute.

What fun to get in the heli, climb away to 2000' overhead where I throw a drifter (a roll of newspaper with a 10' tail of crepe paper) to assess wind drift. Important when jumping a tent.

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Paratenting under the Red Bull Wigwam
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Static line jump from the helicopter
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A beaautiful deployment
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Cutting away the Wigwam...& holding one riser
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What a fun way to entertain the crowd
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AIRBORNE. Back Country Basejump Multi Sport Mission

I'm on an aerial hunt for new cliffs to jump in the Southern Lakes region, using the recently built microlight to search for these potential sites.
This Tuesday I flew a recce among the valleys & alps, west of Lake Wanaka. One reasonable cliff has stood out so far, nestled in a high, snow covered, alpine valley, adjoining the Wilkin River.
That's why I built a plane, for back country adventure.
Further potential sites were spotted today. The hunt is on.

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Base jumping adventure at Wonderland
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Chuck flying to the West Coast
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Microlight flying past the Dart Glacier
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Landing at Martins Bay
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Mmmmmm... fresh crayfish
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Rans S6S Coyote parked on the Wilking airstrip
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Wahoooooo. Chuck's first jump at Wonderland
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Second jump with back-flip
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Third jump, also with back-flip.
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My wonderful landing area.
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Multisport Adventures. Flying & Skydiving at the Good Vibes Boogie 2011

Between 2008 & May 2011, there were many dreams that kept me in the shed, building our syndicates Rans S6S microlight. One dream was to fly to the annual Good Vibes Skydive Boogie in Motueka, New Zealands most awesome skydive event. This August, the dream was realised.

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Miles & Julian do The One

The One with Miles Daisher & Julian Boulle

Earlier in the year I had the great pleasure to hook up, yet again with the irrepressible Miles Daisher MD & meet for the first time the most talented wingsuit pilot, Julian Boulle MD. Yep, we are the Doctors Three. On a mission this time to my favourite backyard base jump, The One.

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Chuck, Miles, Julian & Rob go river crossing at The One
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Miles getting Air
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Julian opening
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Chuck opening at The One
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Red Bull Gives You Wiings
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Post base jump laughter with the boys
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Miles Daisher, Red Bull & The One

Wingsuit The Remarkables

Wingsuiting the Remarkables. Red Bull Chronicles.

Ever since I was a kid I imagined flying parallel with the earth, with arms outstretched, navigating the terrain ahead to fly in harmony with the planet. Today, the wingsuit does just that. Yippeeee.
On a beautiful April day I gather with the Red Bull NZ crew, camera teams & the fab  Heliworks chopper crew in a field directly below the majestic Remarkables Range in Queenstown, NZ. The Remarkables is a craggy, steep range of mountains rising to 7396 feet rows of steep gullies leading down to the flats below.

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Fantastic sequence of shots showing flight path. Graeme Murray Photo
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Exit! It all starts here!
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Chuck flying past Miles Holden
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Yeeharrr. Snapped by Miles departing the scene
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Beautiful sequence by Miles Holden. I love my backyard.
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Mini Soho IX Ad.

Mini Soho IX Ad.

In a collaboration between Red Bull NZ & Mini NZ, a crew gathered at Red Bull's 'Base Camp' house in Queenstown to shoot the 'Chuck Vs Keys' for the Mini Soho IX. Led by Ivan Mennim we headed for the hills at the head of Lake Wakatipu to our base near the jump site. Winds aloft was evident from the wind borne snow on the tops so we headed up the Rees river to shoot set ups in a snowy river bed.

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Chuck Berry about to base jump      Photo Bruce Hazler
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Rans S9 Chaos Aerobatics

Aerobatic flying is one of my passions & I get to indulge to the full in the wonderful Rans S9 Chaos microlight ZK-KLI which is based at Rangitata Island Airfield in Canterbury, New Zealand. I am one of ten share holders in the Chaos & we all thrill at taking our baby to the heavens. Powered by a 50hp Rotax 503 2 stroke engine, the Chaos is capable of most any aerobatic maneuver although sustained inverted flight isn't possible at this stage as due to having standard carburetors fitted.

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Rans S9 Flyby at Rangitata Island Airfield
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Rans S9 Chaos flying over Canterbury
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Our Rans S9 flying in close formation with the photo plane
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Rans S9 banking & cranking
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A fine evening to fly a Rans S9 Chaos
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Chuck Skydives for Gudang Garam TV Commercial

Chuck Skydives for Gudang Garam TV Commercial

In late 2009 I worked with director, Mark Toia of Zoom Film TV to perform the skydiving & snow running stunts for this Gudang Garam TV commercial. A great team of people came together at The Remarkables ski field in Queenstown to shoot the ad.  Johnny from Heliworks did the jump flying in an E model Hughes 500, taking myself & camera flyer Lottie Blair to 14 000 feet to jump into my snowy landing zone in the Doolans Basin at a height of 5500 feet.

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Chuck exits HOT over the Doolans Basin
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Chuck skid riding on HOT        photo Rob Pine
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Heliworks Choppers on standby     photo  Rob Pine
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Lottie helps with packing.           photo  Rob Pine
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Chuck landing in the Doolans Basin       photo Rob Pine
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Chuck landing              photo  Rob Pine
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